Bowl buildup, quarterback questions


Gopher football fans may have to wait until the kickoff to find out who Coach Jerry Kill will start as quarterback in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Friday night.

Minnesota (6-6) plays Texas Tech (7-5) at 8 p.m. in Houston. SB Nation reports that the Red Raiders are heavily favored to win the game at Reliant Stadium.

The Pioneer Press reports that senior MarQueis Gray told a Thursday news conference that he still did not know if he would be the Gophers' quarterback. Gray and Phillip Nelson, a freshman who started the final six games, have both been practicing with the first-team offense in Houston this week. Gray finished the regular season playing wide receiver, but said that he began his college career as a quarterback and "planned on ending it as a quarterback."

The Huffington Post reports that Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro returned to practice this week and anticipates that he will play Friday. Amaro was injured Oct. 13 and has been out due to internal bleeding.

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